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Chinese Web Could Remain Slow Until Late January

Even the streamlined version of Yahoo in China isn't working that well at the moment. Photo courtesy AFP.
by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) Jan 11, 2007
Repair crews might need until late January to fully restore Chinese Internet services after damage to telecom lines from an undersea earthquake was found to be worse than first thought, state media said Thursday. Repair ships sent to the area off Taiwan where the December 26 quake struck have also been hampered by the difficult nature of the undersea terrain and bad weather, Xinhua news agency reported, quoting officials with major Internet provider China Netcom.

China Telecom officials told Xinhua another reason for the delay was the dense and overlapping distribution of trans-oceanic telecom lines in the area off Taiwan.

It said damage to its cables would not be fully repaired until January 20 at the earliest.

The ships are trying to repair the lines through a complicated procedure that involves pulling the heavy cables up from the ocean floor.

The 7.1-magnitude earthquake snapped several international telecom cables, sparking widespread communications disruption in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and elsewhere. Knock-on problems occurred as far away as Australia.

Though most Chinese Internet services were largely restored in a matter of days, web-surfing speeds have remained sluggish compared to before the quake.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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Beijing (AFP) Jan 05, 2007
Nearly 10,000 Chinese website operators have lost the use of their .com Internet addresses due to telecom problems caused by last month's earthquake near Taiwan, state media reported Friday. The quake, which severed major international telecommunications lines, caused thousands of .com domain names held by Chinese users to vanish from world registries, the Beijing Times reported, citing domain registry sources.

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